The new single is accompanied by a deceptively simple video that features the band hanging out together in snowy weather, while animations by Chloe Hemingway and illustrations courtesy of John Moloney swirl around them. On the face of it, it seems like a pretty ordinary scene – trippy visuals aside – and is even filmed through an iPhone camera. But Garden is designed to be the antidote to troubling times, and is in fact a gentle reminder to take a step back from the chaos of life’s complexities.
Bassist /vocalist Lou Barlow explains: “Everyone seemed to want a disruption in the order of American life, it seemed necessary. Then it happened. [This song] began as a bitter lamentation but as I was finishing the lyrics, singing over the instrumental version of the song while driving to J’s through the miles of farmland that separate his studio in Amherst and my home in Greenfield (Massachusetts), I saw a sign on a shed: Back to the Garden. I was looking for a resolution, where do we go when faced with such dramatic confusion? Back to basics, back home, back to the garden.”
Explaining the low-key video, he continues: “There wasn’t a video planned for the song but since my wife Adelle and I had started making holiday ‘specials’ for my YouTube channel this past December, we thought we could knock one out for Garden.
“Adelle thought we should incorporate the whimsical paintings of Dinosaur Jr’s tour manager John Moloney. He routinely dashes off caricatures of J, Murph and I when we travel. I told John about our ideas and he thought it would be easy to video the band playing the song.”
“So, John and Adelle quickly captured the band playing the song on their iPhones on a cold February afternoon and I edited it all together in iMovie. Then we had Chloe, the real vid expert at Jagjaguwar, put the paintings by John and Adelle into the mix, and that’s it!”
Dinosaur Jr. will also be playing a livestream performance on May 1. Tickets are available now.
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- Dinosaur Jr - Where You Been - German - vinyl LP - £50.00, $68.00, €56.00 (New Item) (arrived 28-Jan-2021 12:38)on April 21, 2021 at 4:08 am
DINOSAUR JR Where You Been (Scarce 1993 German 10-track Blanco Y Negro label vinyl LP album, picture sleeve. The sleeve has some minor wear, mostly to the edges and the vinyl remains excellent with only light play BYN28)
- Dinosaur Jr - Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not + Sew-on patch - US - vinyl LP - £25.00, $34.00, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 20-Nov-2020 08:45)on April 21, 2021 at 4:08 am
DINOSAUR JR Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not (2016 US 11-track vinyl LP, including Goin Down and Tiny, picture sleeve with illustrated credits inner. The sleeve shows only minor edgewear and, apart from a few light paper scuffs, the vinyl looksbarely played. Also included with this copy is a bonus iron-on black and pink band logo patch JAG285)
- Dinosaur Jr - Bug - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $34.00, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 25-Jun-2020 08:41)on April 21, 2021 at 4:08 am
DINOSAUR JR Bug (1988 UK first issue 9-track vinyl LP on the Blast First label, featuring the J Mascis classic Freak Scene, glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve shows a little wear to the spine, whilst the vinyl remains in excellent condition with minimal evidence of play! BFFP31)